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December 17, 2012

Drunk driver injured after crash

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — When Corbin resident Johnny Lunsford ran off the road Tuesday morning and wrecked his vehicle, his troubles had just begun.

Lunsford, 53, of Ky. 3436, was traveling westbound on east U.S. 25. 10 miles south of London, around 10:30 a.m. when his 1998 Toyota SUV ran off the road near American Greeting Card Road and hit a guardrail. The vehicle went down an embankment and came to a stop in a field.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy James Sizemore, who is leading the investigation into the accident, arrived at the scene in which Lunsford was taken to Saint Joseph London via ambulance for possible minor injuries.

Sizemore determined Lunsford was under the influence at the time of the accident and he was arrested later that day after his release from the hospital.

Lunsford now faces charges of second offense driving under the influence of intoxicants, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, having an open container of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle and no insurance. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest.

Assisting at the scene were Deputy Gilbert Acciardo and members of the West Knox Volunteer Fire Department.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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